AN ALPINE SYMPHONY
Tone poem Tapiola
An Alpine Symphony
THEODOR SINK cello
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor PAAVO JÄRVI
The newly renovated Noblessner Foundry is a perfect place for playing and enjoying Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, a composition written for a very large orchestra. This grand piece of music history will take listeners to a wonderful walk in the Alps, from a picturesque dawn to a colourful sunset. A fun fact: in 1981, Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony became the first work ever to be recorded on a CD. The performers of this recording were worthy of the event – the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by the legendary Herbert von Karajan.
In the first half of the concert, Tapiola, a symphonic poem written by Jean Sibelius on commission for the New York Philharmonic Society, and Lepo Sumera’s powerful Cello Concerto, which was one of the last works of the composer, will be played. Twenty years ago, the concerto premiered in the Netherlands, also conducted by Paavo Järvi, who has called Sumera one of his favourite composers. In addition, Järvi has recorded an album of Sumera’s works with ENSO. The solo, which at the premiere and on the recording was performed by cellist David Geringas, is performed by Theodor Sink, the principal cello of ENSO. Theodor Sink has quickly taken the spotlight in the Estonian music scene as a versatile and charismatic musician. In 2017, he received the Annual Music Award of the Cultural Endowment for his spectacular season as a soloist and orchestra member.
In the world of music, Paavo Järvi is widely recognised as the musicians’ musician. It is often said that his interpretations bring out entirely new and unheard qualities in orchestras. This autumn, Paavo Järvi, who has been the artistic leader of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen for the 15th and the chief conductor of the Japanese NHK Symphony Orchestra for the fourth season, will also become the chief conductor of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. In addition, he works closely with the Estonian Festival Orchestra, who have been on international tours for several seasons now, and his former orchestras Orchestre de Paris, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Järvi has recorded numerous albums with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and their recording of Sibelius’s cantatas won Estonia’s first ever Grammy Award.